According to MB&F, Potts is best known for his "wing-beat" sculptures and we can certainly understand why. The Pursuit II, pictured above, captures and imitates the beauty of moving wings with incredible ease and fluidity. Based on relatively simple gears, cams and shafts, the result nonetheless is an elaborately crafted and animated object which, in one way or another, certainly speaks to us as fans of complex mechanical designs.
The dial makes use of elegant serif Roman numeral hour markers with smaller Arabic numeral minute markers under them. It makes for an interesting and legible design that mixes classy looks with the soul of a tool watch. In a sense this is a retro-tool watch dial design. Blue and red make cameo appearances in a unique way that you don't often seen on timepieces of this style. The hands are all flame blued, which isn't that uncommon, but the minute markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock are as well. Red is used for the numerals in the date window. I further like that the symmetrically-placed date at 6 o'clock does no disrupt the hour makers at all.
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The movement in the H2 looks like a piston engine and is produced in collaboration with Renaud & Papi, though they aren't involved in the liquid system. With 192 hours of power reserve, it has a retrograde hand for the minutes, while the hours are indicated via the blue liquid in the tube. Basically, you look at where the liquid line ends on the hour scale. It is a very clever and futuristic looking system that we've really come to appreciate. HYT began to show off a range of colors in addition to the original green liquid such as red as well as blue - which are all going to be represented this year in small batches.
Some of you might recognize the case from an earlier F.P. Journe that is the Vagabondage II from 2009 that we went hands-on with. While the Vagabondage case was never that large, F.P Journe shrank it down for the Elegante believing it to be a very attractive and feminine shape. He was right. While I would have not thought that this timepiece might work so well on paper, in the flesh it is absolutely fantastic for women. It combines a feminine design, youthful sense of style, interesting and convenient movement, and an esteemed high-end prestige that is unequaled anywhere else.
First, and most simply, is the unique Muhle Glashutte finishing. They claim that their own surface finishing techniques help reduce friction while increasing the longevity of the metal. Perhaps just a bit, but finishing the parts of a movement and then reassembling it is a big chore. So that does add value. Next is using a custom automatic rotor made by Muhle Glashutte. The claim it offers optimal weight and weight distribution to move as effectively as possible. Last is the patented "woodpecker neck regulation." Ever heard of a watch with a swan neck regulation? Well Muhle Glashutte has a woodpecker neck. They aren't the same thing. With this comes an entirely custom balance cock over the balance wheel. The special system is designed to prevent shock from deviating the adjustment of the balance wheel, and thereby reducing the accuracy of the watch.
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The 24k gold Bulova Accu-Swiss Percheron is a pet project of the still-new Bulova President Greg Thumm. As a watchmaker, Thumm himself always wanted a timepiece made out of 24k, versus 18k, gold. The difference is that 24k gold is pure gold, and 18k gold is an alloy. Why do luxury watches use a gold alloy? Are they trying to be cheap? Not at all, 18k gold is used because pure gold is too soft for most purposes, especially for a watch case. Pure gold will wear away and scratch very easily, so 18k (or historically 14k) gold is preferred.
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Art Basel is a decidedly high-end event. Its principle sponsor is of course a bank (UBS), and a select group of major sponsors such as Ruinart champagne, Davidoff, Netjets, and Audemars Piguet are brands which are indicative of the demographic of people who wander the halls admiring or critiquing art of all varieties.
The brand debuted in 2012 after Fabian managed to gather his team of experts in the dozens of different trades and crafts related to watch manufacturing. The concept behind Julien Coudray 1518 – and this is the reason why he chose to make watches under this name – was that he wanted to make watches what we could call "the old-school way," so old-school in fact, that his watches would not incorporate any glued or painted components (other than enamel painting).
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So it was with no hesitation that I made my way to the Tourbillon San Francisco store on February 26th under a cold and particularly wet San Francisco night to listen to Blancpain's latest efforts around preserving the pristine oceans in collaboration with the famed National Geographic magazine and society.
So the new name of the T-Touch game is not activity differentiation, but price differentiation. Even though there will be some special styles here and there, Tissot feels that there should be different T-Touch models at different price levels. The top T-Touch model moving forward will be the T-Touch Expert Solar (also new for 2014), while the T-Race Touch will be a more entry level model.
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It is with great fondness that I think back to the more innocent times of 2009 when Perrelet first introduced its Turbine collection of whimsical luxury watches. Inspired by Perrelet's traditional double automatic rotor dials and jet airplane engines, the Turbine was an experimental collection of timepieces that became a big hit, and spawned dozens of iterations. It is, therefore, worth mentioning that five years after the birth of the Turbine watch–inspired by aviation–Perrelet finally makes one for actual aviators with the Turbine Pilot.
Four barrels fitted in parallel
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